GSW Legislative Goals 2022-2023

Our primary focus is to improve and protect existing survivor benefits and to eliminate benefit inequities. The Government Relations Committee proposes the following legislative priorities for the coming year.

#1: DIC Increase:  Increase DIC by $305.28 (specific to COLA) in the case of the death of a veteran who at the time of death was in receipt of or was entitled to receive compensation for a service-connected disability, or who died on active duty.  DIC is now 43% of the basic rate for a veteran receiving disability compensation rated at 100%.  Other Federal survivor programs provide up to 55% of their spouse's retirement.  This bill would make DIC equitable to Federal survivor programs.  This bill would also change the criteria to enable the surviving spouse to receive DIC if the veteran is 100% disabled for five years instead of 10.  This means after five years the cause of death would not rely on service-connection.  

#2: Suicide Prevention and Issues:  We are concerned with the high number of suicides for both Active Duty and Veterans, as well as the aftermath of their surviving families.  GSW stand ready to assist those with difficulty in obtaining survivor benefits.

#3: Education Benefits: GSW would like Congress to eliminate the time limit for surviving spouses to use the DEA Chapter 35 education benefits. 

#4: Remarriage Benefits: GSW has been successful in having the remarriage age reduced from age 57 to age 55; but there is much left to be done.

#5: Update the Federal Charter:  GSW wishes to eliminate “in any manner attempt to influence legislation.” For this change, support is needed in the House and Senate. There is no financial cost associated with the change.

We are fortunate to continue working as members of The Military Coalition (TMC), as well as working with representatives of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Congressional representatives, their staff, and committees continue to be important in our efforts. These relationships enable us to better represent Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. in efforts that serve our membership effectively.

The Military Coalition has added to their legislative goals to support H.R.9287 - 117th Congress (2021-2022) Love Lives On Act of 2022, sponsored by Representative Dean Phillips, (D-MN) introduced 11/10/2022.


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